If you are looking at getting off caffeine (because of one of the “11 Ways Coffee Messes With Your Hormones and How to Substitute It” article, or another reason) I want to congratulate you. As with many addictive substances, coffee is hard to kick. If you can tolerate caffeine, try matcha tea. I’ve got a full article here on the background, sources and health benefits of matcha if you want to know more.
If you are Japanese, I apologize for transforming this ancient ceremonial tea to something out of Starbucks :-). If you are not Japanese, I hope you enjoy it as your new pick-me-up morning or afternoon drink.
- 2 teaspoons matcha tea (I use DoMatcha or Teavana brands)
- 1 cup room temperature filtered water
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk (if you don't have milk at hand, you can also use ½ cup of water with 2 tablespoons of coconut butter, I like the Artisana brand)
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice
- 4 drops liquid stevia (I use Sweet Leaf)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla power
- 1 scoop collagen (get it on Hormone Balance Nutritionals)
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional)
- Put all the ingredients in the blender but add the hot water as the last ingredient (matcha loses its enzymatic potency in high temperature).
- Blend for 30 seconds and serve as a warm drink or over ice.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon, if using.
Enjoy your tea on the go with beautiful glass tea tumblers. You can steep loose leaf tea right in the tumbler and the clear borosilicate glass container lets you show off your tea infusions. Get your Urban Tea Tumbler here.